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Monday, November 28, 2011

Letter to Parents Regarding Chickenpox

Dear Parent:

We have been notified by the Indiana State Department of Health that sporadic cases of Varicella (chickenpox) have been reported in the state. At this time, Wawasee does not have any reported cases.
Although school requirements for varicella vaccination vary by grade, the CDC recommends that in outbreak situations, all school students must have either history of disease, or two valid doses of varicella vaccine, regardless of grade, to interrupt disease transmission. Those who do not have adequate proof of immunity (history of disease or 2 valid varicella vaccine doses) will be excluded from classes and extracurricular activities for 21 days after the date of the last known exposure, regardless of objector status.
Many students in grades 2 through 5 have not been vaccinated with the second varicella vaccination. We are encouraging parents to check your students' vaccination record and take them for the second vaccination as soon as possible.
Students presently in 5th grade will be required to have a Tdap, meningitis, and second varicella vaccines prior to entering 6th grade.
Beginning January 1, 2012, immunization clinics in the state of Indiana will no longer be free clinics. We strongly encourage you to have your child vaccinated with the second varicella and if entering 6th grade in 2012 (or 10 years old), the meningitis, and Tdap prior to January 1.
We will NOT be conducting a school based vaccination clinic in the spring for 5th grade students due to the changes in the state's immunization program.
Please provide your child's school nurse with the date (month/year) of chickenpox disease and dates of additional vaccinations received.
December dates and times for the Free Immunization Clinic in Warsaw are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm
December 5, 2011: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The clinic will be closed Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, and Monday January 2, 2012. There will be no clinic at the Syracuse Lakeland Youth Center in December.
The Immunization Clinic is located int he K21 Health Service Building, 1515 Provident Dr., Warsaw, (574) 267-7028.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Wawasee students healthy!

Allene Dewart, LPN Milford School
Jane Vendrely, RN Syracuse Elementary
Myra Alexander, RN Wawasee High School
Robin Huffman, RN Wawawasee Middle School
Pam Rensberger, RN North Webster Elementary

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